5 Innovative Ice Cream Shops in Paris You Have to Try

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What better way to enjoy ice cream than on a sunny day in Paris?

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During sunny walks, you’ll pass a multitude of glaciers offering the antidote to the summer heat. To try some flavors besides the classic chocolate and vanilla, you have to find the places that are making the most extraordinary cold treats.

From pepper ice cream to roll-shaped ice cream sticks prepared on the spot to boozy chilled creations, here are the Parisian glaciers that push the limits of with their unique ice creams and sorbets.

1. Salty treats at Glacier Pierre Geronimi

 

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Just steps from Place Saint-Sulpice, the Pierre Geronimi salon de thé offers innovative ice cream and sorbet flavors. After a good lunch there or when just stopping in on a hot evening, you can enjoy ice creams and sorbets with surprising flavors such as mustard, with hints of honey mustard sauce. There’s also poivre tumulte, beet, honey pine nuts with bits of pine nuts, chestnut flour and fresh herbs… The chef has transformed these classic ingredients for the pleasure of our overheated taste buds. “Fresh herbs are the best,” says Rabia, the store manager. In their sorbets, we find dill, sage, rosemary, parsley and coriander mixed with syrup. The result is amazing, very soft in texture, and sweet and sour in taste. 4.50 euros per scoop.

— Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., 5 rue Férou, 75006

2. iceRoll‘s ice cream rolls

 

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At the entrance to rue Montorgeuil in the 2nd arrondissement, iceRoll offers ice creams in a unique format. To change-up the traditional ice cream balls tasted in cones, iceRoll offers a real spectacle for the eyes. The ice is transformed, in front of us, in real time. It starts on a plate chilled to -30°C where it’s spread and mixed. This innovative technique for the production of their roll-shaped ice creams, inspired by a type of Thai freezing, was imported into France by the brand’s creator, Quentin Bourdonnay. Though the show is amazing, the ice cream flavors remain ordinary: strawberry, chocolate or a very sweet caramel. 5 euros per jar.

— Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 16 rue des Petits-Carreaux, 75002

3. Glazed‘s boozy ice cream

 

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In this boutique in the heart of the 9th arrondissement of Paris, alongside the beautifully named seasonal flavors (Tunnel Of Love, made with strawberry sorbet mara des bois and baie de Sansho; Sorbet Pussy Griotte, made with cherry sorbet and blackcurrant pepper), you will find a range of alcoholic ice cream flavors. The star of the Parisian boutique is the Tokyo Mojito, made from rum sorbet, fresh mint and lemon. Alcohol gives the chilled treat a new texture, “more supple, cloudy. It’s like eating lemon,” says Henri Guittet, the creator of the Glazed chain. He explains that he wanted to “create something more festive than a simple ice cream” by making an “ice-cold cocktail.” During tasting, we find the sweet taste of mojito accompanied by an aftertaste of rum, and a very smooth texture. The ice creams are 4% alcohol and are not sold to minors. 3.50 euros per scoop.

— Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., 54 rue des Martyrs, 75009

4. Scaramouche‘s Provençal ice creams

 

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At Scaramouche’s, located down an alley just below Sacré-Cœur, there is a selection of artisanal ice creams that remind us of the South of France. On the menu, surprising flavors produced in Cavaillon — a delight for connoisseurs. The Henri Bardouin Pastis sorbet with its delicious taste is ideal for anise drinkers. To discover the aromatic and surprising sweetness of lavender, the Lavender ice cream, made with the fresh organic herb, delights the palate. As with the fennel seed or “rosemary, olive oil and pine nut” ice creams, the resulting combination of these salty ingredients cooked in ice cream is ingenious. One of the most amazing is the 1001 nuits, made with ras-el-hanout. The red ice cream is soft and sweet, spiced without being spicy. 3 euros per scoop.

— Monday to Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday to Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., 22 rue de la Vieuville, 75018

5. Seasonal, fresh ingredients at Bac à glace

 

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When we go to the Ice Box salon de thé in the 7th arrondissement, there are several options: eating an ice cream on site, taking a cone to go, and also buying a jar to take home. Since the creation of the brand in 1950, the ice cream at Bac à glace has been low in sugar. They are handmade in the back of the shop using seasonal fruits, allowing for special combinations such as Strawberry-Mint which creates an intense flavor with a minimum of added sugar. The Bac à glaces offers a range of healthy sorbets, made exclusively from stevia and appreciated by diabetics and dieters. There are the classic flavors like, apricot, mango, strawberry, blackcurrant, and pear. 3.50 euros per scoop, 5 euros per 150 ml jar to take home.

— Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., 109 rue du Bac, 75007

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